After losing to Scotland by seven wickets today (July 1) in the World Cup Qualifying Super Six match at the Harare Sports Club, West Indies is now officially out of contention for the 2023 men’s ODI World Cup.

West Indies had a very little mathematical chance of being in the top two and making it to the World Cup going into the Super Six round of the World Cup Qualifier.

They entered the Super Six with nil points after losing to Zimbabwe and the Netherlands in the group stage and needed to win all three of their games to have even a remote chance of qualifying.

Whatever mathematical chance the West Indies had of qualifying for the 2023 ODI World Cup has now been officially eliminated with their loss to Scotland in their first Super Six match today, as well as with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka’s victories in their respective matches.

After Scotland lost the toss today, they were given the opportunity to bat. They had to start strong in a match they had to win. But the exact reverse took place.

West Indies scored 81-6 at one point after losing four wickets in their opening seven overs. Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd eventually made a comeback to reach 181. However, they made quick work of the pursuit, and it was far from enough to concern Scotland. With more than 10 overs and eight wickets remaining, Scotland won the match with to fifty-plus scores from Matthew Cross and Brandon McMullen.

In the Super Six, West Indies still has two games left to play: one against Oman and one against Sri Lanka. Even if they win both, their total points will not exceed four.

Even in the best-case scenario, West Indies won’t be able to overtake Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe since they both have six points after playing just one Super Six match.

This defeat to Scotland effectively ends their chances of competing in the World Cup because only the top two teams will advance.

West Indies have not been able to perform well in ICC tournaments since their victory in the 2016 T20 World Cup. Their elimination from the 2023 ODI World Cup – the first time in the history of the tournament – marks the lowest point in West Indies cricket history.

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